Collatz Conjecture Visualized (hi-res-dpi) from 1 to 1 million - notice the progressive structure but even at a starting value of 1 million it only takes <600 iterations to get to 1, while something like the number 9 takes 20 iterations
Everyone occasionally worries that they’re getting a little predictable. Most of us deal with it by changing our hairstyle, having an ill-advised fling, or buying a new instrument we’ll never actually learn to play. Evolution makes weird lumpy fish that breathe air, puke mud and flop around like deranged garden hoses. Same difference.
This thing is amazing and hilarious
Barabási on Post-Reductionism Thinking in Medicine
David Krakauer on “What is Complexity?”
Liz Bradley conversation on “What is complexity?”, from the guest lectures in Introduction to Complexity
Langrangian coherent structures
Research is revealing a hidden structure within liquids and gases that guides the movement of everything from pollution to aeroplanes
Nov 12th 2009 - The Economist
Mapping the evolution of the Science of Complexity
If Dennis doesn’t grab at your heart and pull it’s strings, you might want to check your pulse
Genetic Programming in Python using pyevolve
Interesting stuff - design patterns in collective intelligence, measurement of collective intelligence … key points on social perceptiveness and conversational turn-taking in forming more effective work groups.
Great tidbit from Tim O’Reilly - We’re at the beginning of new breed of computational science, The Law of Conservation of Attractive Profits is at play in creative destruction, valuable things become commoditized, adjacent things become valuable.
I was fascinated with the parallels between commodity PC hardware and open source software. When IBM made PC hardware a commodity, Microsoft figured out how to make PC software proprietary and valuable. As the Internet and open-source software made software more of a commodity, companies like Google figured out how to make data and algorithms into something that was proprietary and very valuable. I think we’re going to see the same thing in the world of open access.
… looking forward to his talk at CDB.
Sir Ken Robinson, calling for us to disenthrall ourselves of how we understand education now, and to tread softly on the dreams of our children.